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About Moran Woodworked Furniture

In operation since 2004, at Moran Woodworked Furniture we are committed to honoring the natural beauty of wood through traditional craftsmanship, the use of exclusively sustainable wood and a modern approach to design. We—Michael Moran and Celia Gibson—design and build each unique object one piece at a time, cutting every joint, chisel in hand, in our Hudson Valley, New York, home and workshop. 

 From standing tree to finished furniture, our vision relies on an immersive, hands on participation through each considered part of the process. Our bespoke and limited edition...Read More

Moran Woodworked Furniture

Established in 20041stDibs seller since 2016

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Woven Hanging Sculpture, Binding What's Lost, in Bookmatched Ash and Silk
By Michael Moran and Celia Gibson, Moran Woodworked Furniture
Located in Gallatin, NY
American Ash is currently experiencing a catastrophic blight caused by the emerald ash borer, a non-native beetle thought to have been brought to America in shipping materials from overseas while in a dormant state. This hanging piece is a bookmatched of two 1/16” slices of Ash, unique in color, figure and shape. The 26 Ash strips are woven together using organic remnant silk as the weft threads in a three over one herringbone pattern, the same pattern used in the famous burial shroud, the Shroud of Turin. The frame is handmade by the artist in black painted Ash. Drawing from both historical weaving patterns and their applications as well as from series of tree related biological blights and human driven near-extinction events, this series of sculptures, one of which is available for purchase here, asks about our ability to recognize and heal the harms we cause. Can we bind the things we are actively tearing apart and recognize our fragile reliance on the very thing we are damaging before it is too late? Each piece of wood used in this collection came from an ecologically and environmentally sound source. Blending textile and tree in woven panels of wood, each from a dead or dying species, they have been bound back together with silk utilizing the three- hop pattern found in the Shroud of Turin, questioning whether these will be the stitches to heal our damages or the burial shroud they will be wrapped it. There are three sculptures which have been created in this series to date. In addition to Ash, Moran has woven one in Chestnut and one in Redwood Root. Please contact us for more information. Weaving, inverting, book-matching, layering and framing become an act of contemplation in Michael James Moran...
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2010s American Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Silk, Ash

Prime Tea Table in Curly, Spalted Maple with Turned Walnut Legs Capped in Copper
By Michael Moran and Celia Gibson, Moran Woodworked Furniture
Located in Gallatin, NY
Edition of 15. This three-leg design centers around the through-cut joinery affixing the subtly beveled edge of the curly Maple top with the Black Walnut base. A graphic wedge of Maple in this joint bisects the circular face of each Walnut leg. To varying degrees, near-black runnels of spalting mix with wavy three-dimensional curl in the blonde grain of the table surface. These unique patterns are picked out by their juxtaposition with dark, hand-turned and tapered legs, each of which is capped with a bright copper foot. The piece receives multiple coats of a clear, high durability citrus-based Tung oil finish. Acer. Maple. One day a man went out into his Pennsylvania forest and planted a tree. A Maple. One day that man’s grandson, in an effort to promote good stewardship of his family’s land, felled that same tree. She was past her prime, he would know as a tree farmer in his own right; signs of decay setting into the golden waves just hinted at beneath her thick hide of bark—those selfsame signs are the beautiful streaks of near-black which dance along this Maple’s curling grain. She wouldn’t be the same tree without these age lines, and she couldn’t have stood sentinel in her Pennsylvania forest with them. This is a story of heritage, commitment and stewardship. Please be in touch with us if you would like to discuss custom work. Most of the pieces we create at Moran Woodworked Furniture...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Side Tables

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Copper

Prime Bench in Curly, Spalted Maple with Walnut Legs and Copper Capped Feet
By Michael Moran and Celia Gibson, Moran Woodworked Furniture
Located in Gallatin, NY
Edition of eight. Our five-legged bench is a juxtaposition of dark with light, so subtle details reflect the quiddity of each material used. The substantiality of the bench top is softened with elegant hand-cut bevels on both the top and bottom of each corner. Through-cut black walnut legs, wedged with a sliver of blonde Maple, pick out the ambling lines of near-black spalting which cross the mesmerizing curly pattern of this Maple’s grain. Each of the five hand-turned and tapered legs is capped with a bright copper foot. The piece receives multiple coats of a clear, high durability citrus-based Tung oil finish. Acer. One day a man went out into his Pennsylvania forest and planted a tree. A maple. One day that man’s grandson, in an effort to promote good stewardship of his family’s land, felled that same tree. She was past her prime, he would know as a tree farmer in his own right; signs of decay setting into the golden waves just hinted at beneath her thick hide of bark those selfsame signs are the beautiful streaks of near-black which dance along this Maple’s curling grain. She wouldn’t be the same tree without these age lines, and she couldn’t have stood sentinel in her Pennsylvania forest with them. This is a story of heritage, commitment and stewardship. If your time frame is a constraint, please be in touch to discuss possibilities. Please be in touch with us if you would like to discuss custom work. Many of the pieces we create at Moran Woodworked Furniture...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Copper

Loveseat with Walnut Banded Barrel Back, Hand-Turned Legs and Tufting
By Michael Moran and Celia Gibson, Moran Woodworked Furniture
Located in Gallatin, NY
A new iteration which echoes that of our chairs of the same name, the loveseat, shown here in walnut with green cotton upholstery and two rows of button tufting, uses an elongated ba...
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2010s American Modern Loveseats

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Walnut, Cotton

Charred End Table in Loblolly Pine with Single Drawer and Triangular Legs
By Michael Moran and Celia Gibson, Moran Woodworked Furniture
Located in Gallatin, NY
Charred Geometric Commode, Edition of 25. Here our single drawer modern interpretation of the traditional bedroom mainstay is rendered in charred Loblolly Pine; with mitered edges, the undulating texture wraps the case in deep color. As a counter point, the graphic, triangular hand-tapered legs remain clear and golden. A single deep drawer opens with a gentle pull from underneath the drawer's face. The cabinet is scaled for a place beside the bed or sofa with room for a lamp, several books and a glass of water. The Charred Collection evolved from the traditional roots of ancient Japanese wood construction, which emphasized a need for rot and bug tolerance while maintaining a consistent structural integrity. Our burning process, based on this model, entails binding three boards into a chimney for a controlled burn over a small firebox. The resulting boards are wire brushed and receive multiple coats of a clear zero VOC, water based finish. This ensures their durability, functionality and longevity as an elegant and unexpected addition to a space. Pinus teada l. This massive Pine was the last of her age in the North Charleston neighborhood where it had grown stout over 80 plus ripe years. Too stately to go to waste and so as not to end her days as mulch at the city dump, we endeavored, with the support of a local tree service, to have her cut into long lengths for our use. The striking wood garnered from her trunk, with pale stripes and blueing from Charleston's humid climate, has made each of the pieces made from this Loblolly a unique celebration of Pine’s stria-like grain and the environment in which this tree grew. If your time frame is a constraint, please be in touch to discuss possibilities. This design can be customized in both scale and material. Warm Cherry and bright brass both pair beautifully with charred Pine, and widening the case allows it to sit comfortably alongside a king size bed. We also use this technique regularly on larger custom items like sideboards, daybeds and credenzas as well as on smaller lamps and bookends. Please be in touch with us if you would like to discuss custom work. Most of the pieces we create at Moran Woodworked Furniture...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Pine

Club Chair with Walnut Banded Barrel Back and Hand-Turned, Tapered Legs
By Michael Moran and Celia Gibson, Moran Woodworked Furniture
Located in Gallatin, NY
Our barrel form, fit to your body, sits atop four hand-turned and tapered legs. As the back band meets the line of the arm and joins the face frame, a three-way mitered joint unites ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Club Chairs

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Upholstery, Cotton, Walnut

More About Moran Woodworked Furniture

Telling the individual stories of each tree whose wood becomes our furniture is a fundamental part of our practice. Photographed here, a storm downed Pecan grew on the client's property overlooking Charleston's inter-coastal waterway. Now residing just a few steps away from that view, this custom Pecan sideboard uses bookmatched boards and negative space graphically for a storage solution with hand-turned legs and brass feet.

Michael's forged Japanese chisels cut all the traditional joinery we use in our designs, both limited edition and custom. Seen here are Walnut legs on the workbench mid process. Joinery is just one facet of our work which speaks to our passion for sustainability; one well built, timelessly designed piece should be able to serve its function for generations to come.

This unique two board bookmatched table top—with a pale sapwood lined, brass inlaid live edged center—from an urban salvaged Walnut grown in the Hudson Valley of New York, exemplifies the way in which our designs are tied to the particularities of each piece of sustainable, story-driven wood. Our bespoke services, from dining tables to sideboards, are always available on 1stdibs; please be in touch!

For an extensive collection of antique flatware, we designed this cabinet in traditionally charred South Carolina Loblolly Pine, with hand-made cylindrical black steel knobs and base. Our burning process, based on Japanese customs, entails binding three boards into a chimney for a controlled burn over a small firebox. All charred pieces have an environmentally friendly zero VOC water-based finish. Bespoke charred designs are available.

Mesmerizing bookmatches are a center piece of our bespoke work. As if you are watching a sunrise reflected on a still body of water, this bookmatch of urban salvaged Walnut—with both vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry—is set as panels into a pair of sliding doors, concealing or revealing, with a graze of the beveled copper finger hold, wine, cutlery and serving platter storage. Alongside sits a dining chair, also in Walnut.

A custom four board bookmatched South Carolina Walnut dining trestle table with center sapwood is paired with a set of eight hand-cut, traditionally joined chairs. Each moment of the design is considered for the use of the client, like the back rest height for the significant height difference in members of the client's family.

Every board we use retains its unique history as a tree; we aim to design with the characteristics of a specific board in mind. Here, the design was entirely a function of the quiddity of this particular Maple tree. The curly, spalted Maple floating entry table is built from a single live edged board with compound-cut angles and tapers for a fluid, continuous c-shape.

Entirely built with traditional, hand-cut joints, this bespoke Walnut desk—with a bookmatched top and center pale sapwood oval—includes several asymmetric drawers and a pull out keyboard tray, all faced with a single board of Walnut. All our Walnut has a colorless, environmentally friendly Tung oil finish which is rubbed on, coat after coat, by hand.

Both the Redwood Root Cabinet, on the left, and the Walnut Dragon Cabinet, on the right, feature distinctive bookmatched boards. When paired symmetrically, wood grain offers up unique, graphic patterns which are art in their own right. Our hope is to frame those moments simply in order to create functional furniture which does justice to the tree from which the wood came.

Michael Moran and Celia Gibson are Moran Woodworked Furniture. We welcome clients to our Hudson Valley, New York, home and workshop, where the two of us responsibly design and build each and every piece of our furniture and sculpture. Marrying modern designs with traditional building techniques, we hope to communicate our love of the natural world though each sustainable, elegant, functional work of art.